How to Set Up Your Own Freelance Website Using WordPress

WordPress can be the easiest and least expensive option for putting up a freelance website – once you get past a few technical hurdles.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to get past them quickly by following along step-by-step. You can either follow along with the videos, or print out the PDFs and go through each step at your own pace.

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Rebecca Matter

Rebecca Matter

President of American Writers and Artists, Inc and founder of Wealthy Web Writer, Rebecca has over 20 years of direct marketing and publishing experience.

54 Comments

    • Hi Carol,

      Are you able to see the videos and they won’t play or are the videos not displaying for you?

      Heather

      • Hi Heather,
        I have the same problem.
        The audio is present but the video screen is frozen on the start screen.
        The first one plays but all of the others stay on the forst video screen.
        Going full screen just shows a black screen.
        I hope you are able to sort this.
        Phil

        • Hi Phil,

          Can you let me know what browser you are using? Are you on a PC or tablet (or other device)? Have you tried a different viewing environment?

          For me the videos all play properly. Intermittent problems are always the most difficult to assess.

          Thank you,
          Heather

          • Nevermind…I don’t know what happened.

            After I posted the comment, they showed up.

          • Technology… you got to love it. I’m glad it’s working for you now. 🙂

  • Hi Heather,

    The first couple of videos faded to black for me…looks like just a minor hiccup. Great tutorial though!

    Thanks,

    Scott

    • Hi Scott,

      I tested the videos and wasn’t able to replicate what you’re seeing. Can you let me know the minute marks where it’s fading to black and also what browser you are using. Thank you!

  • Hi Heather,

    I tested it this morning and it was doing it sporadically on the second video. Perhaps it has something to do with the Safari web browser I’m using? It looks like I am one of the few to experience difficulty viewing it. Thanks again for the wonderful tutorial…very helpful!:)

    Scott

  • HI Scott,

    It may be Safari. Which version are you using? My last version of Safari had trouble with pdf files, so I know sometimes Safari struggles with the multi-media aspects of the Web. If you decide to try it with another browser, let me know if you see similar issues.

    Thanks!

  • In Firefox, I was able see videos except for Steps 4 & Step 5 which are important as they deal with adding content and navigation. The bonus video #6 was interesting on plug-ins.

    Thanks!
    Leslie

  • Hi Leslie,

    I’m able to see and play all the videos. Can you let me know if you see the videos and there’s an error when you attempt to play or if they’re not showing up at all? Thanks!

  • Are you suppose to pay Blue Host for hosting before you install Word Press because that’s what I see when I click on control panel and then my domain name. I am asked to pay either for 1year, 2 or 3 years before I can continue. I don’t know if I’m clicking at the right place on the Bluehost website.

  • Are you suppose to pay Blue Host for hosting before you install Word Press because that’s what I see when I click on control panel and then my domain name. I am asked to pay either for 1 year, 2 or 3 years before I can continue. I don’t know if I’m clicking at the right place on the Bluehost website.

  • This is a fantastic tutorial series. My freelance website is up and running, and all I need to do is add content and set up a few widgets. Thanks Rebecca!

  • Wow! Wow! Wow! This has saved me a ton of time and money. Thanks to the folks here and Wealthy Web Writer and Rebecca and the others who made this possible for us technically challenged writers. It’s amazing how I just saw a class offering these basics for $97. Great Information I did not watch the videos because I am a person who likes to read the content. so I downloaded the pdf for printing later.

  • I took my freelance website live yesterday. Then I signed up for Wealthy Web Writer and saw these videos. Good information about WordPress. I believe that WordPress comes with GoDaddy. I think the rep said that it would work well for a blog on my site. Here is the link to my site: http://brettmasterscompany.com
    Any feedback is appreciated.

    • Hi Brett,

      I like your masthead and your focus on clarity. Your social icons pop out and cover some of the body text (I’m using Safari on a Mac), so that impacts readability. I am confused by the food-related content below your masthead. It seems out of place.

      Hope this feedback is useful.

      Heather

  • Hi,
    This is wonderful I have just downloaded the tutorial and I will read them over the weekend, they look promising. I have always wanted to put up a freelance website and I know this is the time to do so with the help of Wealthy Web Writer tutorial. I will be back soon with my progress.
    Great job guys.

    Thank you.

  • Hi Heather,

    I’m doing a dry run through the tutorials before I actually follow them. I ran into a technical issue with Step Three: Installing your theme. The video goes to black for 50 seconds from 4:33 to 5:23, then resumes. I don’t know if it picks up where it left off or if any content was missed during the blackout. I’m using a PC with Windows 7 and Firefox 35.0.1 browser.

    Thanks!
    Joe Martin

  • Step 4 & 5 won’t play at all, completely black with no graphics and no play arrow Step 3 had a few blackout spots. I’m using my android now but will try it on my pc tomorrow. Otherwise, very helpful. I’m working on my website now and plan to host soon.

    Cancel that: both 4 & 5 are now functional!

    • Hi Patricia,

      I’ve checked those and they play for me. Let me know how they work on your PC. Thank you.

  • Thanks for the effort you put into this guide for starting a website. I am taking one step each day this week with that FOCUS theme in mind.
    I am a total newbie and wish the best to others, like me, who require patience and courage to venture into this unknown territory.
    If you are an experienced person with professional credentials there is a particular challenge to taking on the role of a learner.
    I am hanging in there expecting a light at the end of this long dark tunnel. I hope you are tool.

  • Hi and thanks for the tutorial. My website is already built through GoDaddy but it is not published yet. It does not have a blog associated with it though, so I will have to figure out how to go about integrating the two. It also has a page that displays samples of my work (lots of design work as well.) My fear is that it possibly has more information than needed with little functionality (like a blog has.) It will be interesting to figure out how to reformat the site to include a blog component.

  • I have a case studies page. I have created three case studies and saved the files on my computer. I want to put them within this page as pdf’s. I found a plug in called “Gravity PDF” in word press. I activated it but there’s no widget to place this plugin into my page. Could you help with this issue.
    Thanks

      • Hi Heather,
        I appreciate you responding to my question. However, I was finally able to figure out how to upload my pdf to my website page.
        Thanks
        Phillip

  • Hi Heather, I have seemed to gotten stuck in a rut! I purchased my domain name through GoDaddy/Plesk with Windows. I thought I needed a SSL certificate so, I bought one a lot cheaper from SSls.com / Shopper Approved. They told me to request a CSR from my host. They said I had to do it myself and gave instructions but, the instructions aren’t working. And, I don’t understand how to get to the WordPress on the tutorial. Also, every time, I try to open the website it says it isn’t safe. Then, GoDaddy has this warning saying other SSL companies sell so they can get to your data. Then, I read some articles that said I didn’t need one. HELP!

    • Hi Wanda,

      My knowledge on the technical side of things is limited. I’m looking into your question and will follow up here as I find answers.

  • Hi Heather,
    I just bought my domain name at Namecheap.com and am debating between using Bluehost or Siteground for hosting. Do you have any advice? I’ve heard Bluehost was bought out by another company and the quality of their services has gone down. Any thoughts on this are always appreciated! Thanks!

  • Hi!
    The Word Press videos are a great time and money-saving addition to the Wealthy Web Writing program. I am currently enrolled in both the Accelerated Copywriting Program and the Wealthy Web Writing program. I intend to use my upcoming website for all my future copywriting endeavors.
    I am truly looking forward to living the writer’s lifestyle.
    Charlie Tisserand

  • Wow! Thank you, Rebecca!! I’ve been a little intimidated about putting up the website! This tutorial makes it SO EASY!! Thank you!!

  • I’m not able to see any of the videos and am trying to find the one on showing everything about the site and can’t find that one either

    • I’m sorry you’re having trouble viewing the videos. Can you let me know what kind of device you’re using?

  • Hi Heather,

    I’ve enjoyed the videos and tutorials on “Building your Website”. There were lots of info on word press, installing theme, adding content, pro framework, plug in and widgets. It has given me the confidence to build my own website.
    Is Wealthy web writer and Awai both the same entity or business per say?
    Thank you!
    Lori Ann Isagawa

  • The videos are tiny and it’s hard to see what’s going on, and I can’t make them full-sized. I click on the fullscreen icon and nothing happens. This is with Chrome on Windows 10.

  • Great job Rebecca! FYI, all videos played great on my Android phone.
    I hard coded our web site for almost 20 years and when the good folks at our hosting company had to shut down due to health issues they recommended HostGator.com. I’ve been very pleased with their help and response to any issues I had.
    Now, thanks in part to your videos, I’ll be using WordPress with a lot less worry and time spent coding.
    Thanks again for very helpful videos!

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